Wellington High School had a masterful performance at the first Southeast Florida Civics & Debate Initiative tournament of the year, with 11 students being recognized during the awards ceremony at Stuart Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 21.
In Novice Congressional Debate, Richard Tanton took first place, while Jackson Platt finished second. In Varsity Debate, Brandon Burt placed first, Maddox Manriquez second and Nikolas Sullivan third. Manriquez and Alexa Charlott each brought home gavels for their presiding officer roles.
Isabella Parissos placed first in Dramatic Performance and second in Varsity Impromptu Speaking. Melody Pratz was second in Extemporaneous Speaking, while Jerom Khela finished third. In Oral Interpretation, Angelina Greco placed second and Hannah Pardo third.
Four students earned new or advanced National Speech & Debate Association honor society degrees. Ariel Ambo and Jackson Platt earned their NSDA Degree of Merit and are now members of the NSDA. Jewel Joseph and Nikolas Sullivan each earned the Degree of Honor and their varsity letters.
Coach Paul Gaba thanks parents Michelle Gardner and Tara Hirtz for their assistance as chaperones on the bus ride and at the tournament.